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good evening. we begin with groundbreaking news, changing centuries of tradition in america. late today, the u.s. military announced about end to the ban on women in combat. now, ready to accept women on the frontlines, fighting side-by-side with men. but what happened? what about all those objections over all those years and what are the troops saying privately tonight? abc's david kerley starts us off from the pentagon. david? >> reporter: good evening, diane. this is a remarkable development, even though some will argue it is a long time in coming. it is a stunning turnaround. a unanimous vote by the country's top generals, which, the defense secretary will accept, to remove the ban on women serving in direct combat roles. >> they've proven themselves time and time again after the last 12 years. and finally, they're going to get the recognition, which is key. >> reporter: it will be the first fully integrated military in america's history.
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but without discernible front lines in the wars of the last decade, women did serve in combat roles in iraq and afghanistan. they've been donning flak jackets, heavy packs and ended up in the middle of fire fights. >> we were taking fire everywhere. i just remember hearing the pings of the bullets going by me and hitting the ground beside me. i shot one guy, saw him fall. >> reporter: leigh ann hester was the first woman since world war ii to receive the silver star. helicopter pilot tammy duckworth lost both of her legs in combat and is now a member of congress. >> i think america's daughters are just as capable of defending liberty and freedom as her sons are. >> reporter: while an abc news poll showed three-quarters of americans support women in combat, not all men serving agree. a young enlisted soldier tells abc news that woman in direct combat will create, quote, sexual tension, which can create a distraction that can be life or death. he added, women are designed to love and nurture. men are designed to hunt and kill. >> you moron. i am here to stay.
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>> reporter: and what about "gi jane," women in special forces? the military will give some units the ability to ask to exclude women. but the head of special forces told our martha raddatz more than a year ago, it's time. >> as soon as policy permits it, we will be ready to go down that road. >> reporter: just two months ago, four women sued the pentagon to get on the battlefield. now, they may get their chance. >> we certainly want to see this executed responsibly but in a reasonable time frame. so, i hope that this doesn't get dragged out. >> reporter: this historic announcement will be made tomorrow by the defense secretary. it could be implemented as early starting in may. fully implemented by 2016, men and women serving in those combat positions, diane. >> as you say, a very big day. thank you so much, david kerley. and now, we turn to the fiery appearance for secretary of state hillary clinton, testifying before congress on the tragedy in benghazi. it was a valedictory that showed her indignation and emotion, as she ends this tenure on the public stage.
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abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz brings us the riveting encounter today. martha? >> reporter: diane, what a way to end her four-year tenure as secretary of state. a month ago, she was flat on her back with a nasty concussion, prompting accusations she was trying to avoid testifying about benghazi. but today, this woman who has traveled the world as america's top diplomat came to the hill ready for a fight. it was a riveting drama. secretary of state clinton seen in rare public form, at times angry, aggressively on the defense. at another point, choking up over her four lost colleagues. >> for me, this is not just a matter of policy, it's personal. i stood next to president obama as the marines carried those flag-draped caskets off the plane at andrews. i put my arms around the mothers and fathers, the sisters and brothers, the sons and daughters
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and the wives left alone to raise their children. >> the american people and the families of these four brave americans still have not gotten the answers that they deserve. i hope that they will get them. >> reporter: and the secretary did not hesitate to shoulder the blame. the buck, she said, stopped with her. >> as i have said many times, i take responsibility and nobody is more committed to getting this right. >> reporter: but she insisted she never saw any of the requests for more security in the run-up to the attack. >> they didn't come to me, i didn't approve them, i didn't deny them. >> reporter: that made republican senators pounce. >> had i been president at the time and i found that you did not read the cables from benghazi, you did not read the cables from ambassador stevens, i would have relived you of your post. i think it's inexcusable. >> reporter: clinton fired back in anger when senator ron johnson pushed her about statements by u.n. ambassador susan rice made on tv in the days after the attacks.
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>> we were misled that there were supposedly protests and something sprang out of that. an assault sprang out of that. >> with all due respect, the fact is, we had four dead americans. was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they would go kill some americans? what difference at this point does it make? it is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. >> reporter: tomorrow, clinton will introduce the man nominated to replace her, john kerry, so, today is likely the last long look the american public will have of hillary clinton for awhile. and, diane, there is no doubt she has left a vivid impression. >> it was memorable. thank you so much, martha raddatz. and, also in washington, we want to tell you, there was a bit of an exhale today. back from the brink of another looming crisis, this time on the debt ceiling. republicans in the house changed course. and they voted for a plan that will allow the country to pay its bills, all the way through the middle of may.
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but they added a twist. members of congress have to pass a budget or their paychecks will be withheld. democrats are expected to go along. and today, the market soared. the dow ending at another five-year high, now back where it was before the recession started in december 2007. and next, the latest today on that powerful blast of polar air sitting on top of a third of the country, creating an icebox. and here's the map tonight. bone-chilling weather from the dakotas to maine. and all day, we saw post cards from the frozen continent. a fountain of icicles here in new york. and a fireman's gloves were standing up, they were petrified in the cold. tonight, abc's gio benitez on the bitter cold. gio? >> reporter: good evening, diane. here in fulton, new york, more than three feet of snow fell just within the past 48 hours. but it was not just snow that's the problem. across this nation, it was no
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doubt a polar invasion. the polar invasion is making for some amazing pictures and beautiful frozen landscapes. but make no mistake, this weather is dangerous. in maryland, this cell tower worker found out just how dangerous, when 200 feet up, he became overcome by the frigid 10 degrees and had to be rescued. across the country, the extreme cold is blamed for at least four deaths. ed roy will spend more than nine hours outside today, making sure the mail gets through. his secret? layers. how many layers do you have on? >> on the top, i have one, two, three, four, five and the bottom, i have three. and then i have three on my head. >> reporter: wow. you're well prepared. >> i'm well prepared. i was a boy scout. >> people sometimes forget how quickly they can get frostbite. >> reporter: doctors say it can take as little as ten minutes for frostbite to set in. so, wear layers and avoid exposing your skin and limit being outdoors if you can. misery last night in chicago.
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firefighters had to battle more than the flames, when their water lines froze and their gear iced up. the coldest place today? >> it's about 3 below. >> reporter: crane lake, minnesota, where it is dropping to a chilly minus 37 degrees. but minnesotans, like butch eggin, are a hardy bunch. >> this is just another normal winter january day in northern minnesota. >> reporter: and in duluth, where it was minus 20 degrees, our abc news duluth affiliate meteorologist seemed to defy the laws of physics, freezing bubbles in mid-air and turning a banana into a hammer. and don't expect this to end any time soon. and that's because forecasters believe this will be a freezing weekend. but as you can see, we don't need anymore snow around these parts of central new york. diane? >> okay, gio, thank you. and we want everyone to know, we welcome you to abc news. and now, to manti te'o, the football star at the heart of
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that bizarre hoax, sitting down for his first on-camera interview with abc news anchor katie couric, telling what he knew, what he says he did not and how even his parents were duped by belief in a girlfriend who did not exist. tonight, we have a special first look at her exclusive interview. katie will be here in a moment, but with the story, matt gutman. >> reporter: manti te'o tells abc's katie couric he was duped. in love with a woman he met online four years ago, but never saw. a woman he thought died of cancer in september. he spoke of her throughout his epic football season. even two days after the woman pretending to be his girlfriend called him to say she was alive. >> was this intoxicating in a way for you, manti? >> i think, for me, the only thing i basked in is that -- i had an impact on people. that people turned to me and -- for inspiration, and i think that was the only thing i focused on. you know, my story, i felt, was
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a guy who, in times of hardship and in times of trial, really held strong to his faith, held strong to his family, and i felt that that was my story. >> even if that hardship was perhaps exaggerated? >> no, it was -- what i went through was real. you know, the feelings, the pain, the sorrow, that was all real. >> reporter: behind the elaborate hoax, this man. >> this is ronaiah. >> reporter: ronaiah tuiasosopo, the christian singer seen in these youtube videos -- ♪ still you never let go of me >> reporter: who te'o says made lennay kekua his alter ego, at first, reaching out to te'o on facebook. tonight, tuiasosopo is likely holed up in his family's home, where no one is talking. hey, guys? can we just talk to you for one second? but te'o's father is talking, defending his son. >> people can speculate about what they think he is. i've known him 21 years of his life.
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and he's not a liar. he's a kid. >> reporter: matt gutman, abc news, los angeles. >> and abc's anchor katie couric is here right now. such a twisted story. after you talked to him, what's the moral of this story? >> reporter: well, i think the moral of the story is that, be careful who you're communicating with online. be skeptical. even cynical, perhaps. i think he sincerely thought he was having a relationship with a woman named lennay kekua, online, on the phone. we saw his phone records, diane. there were multiple calls to this number, where he would stay on the phone for hours. and, so, i -- we also heard voicemails from her, that he had on his phone, that sounded very legitimate. >> and you talked to his parents, as well, and his parents, too, were beguiled by her. had a relationship with her, they thought. >> reporter: it was such an intricate web of lies.
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and even they were sucked in. his mom talked to her multiple times on the phone. they had sort of almost a bible study, his father would text her scripture passages and discuss them. and so, i think they were as stunned as he was when they found out that this was all sort of a mirage. >> well, as you said, it's such a psychological maze you enter. and we're going to get to hear from him at last, we will all be watching. thank you so much, katie. and be sure to watch tomorrow, katie couric sitting down with manti te'o. and it airs on her show, "katie," tomorrow. and still ahead right here on "world news," why something prince harry said about war in afghanistan has created a huge backlash in britain. we'll take you inside the controversy. my bad. tell me you have good insurance. yup, i've got...
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firing his attack helicopter with playing a video game that has landed the apache-flying prince into controversy. tonight, as harry arrived home here to england, he again was asked about killing the taliban. this time, the prince giving a standard military line. >> you get asked to do things that you would expect to do, wearing this uniform and that's as simple as that, really. >> reporter: prince harry returns to hometown headlines calling him a royal misfit. another suggesting he muzzle himself, guard his tongue and learn how to speak more like royalty. at war, harry has prided himself as being just another soldier. living, eating and serving shoulder to shoulder with the others. but critics say the video game comments have given the enemy a recruiting tool. the taliban themselves putting out a statement calling harry a coward. then there is the question, has his comments made him an even greater target? >> we have to see this as a possible targeting of him as an individual, as a member of the
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in fishing wire, struggling to swim because the wire was so tight. the dolphin nuzzles the diver as if to say, can you help? and he did. for eight minutes, hands shaking, he said, he cut the wire and freed the dolphin, who swam for air, briefly circling one last time in a kind of thank you, before vanishing into the ocean. and, we have proof that we are not the only ones addicted to gadgets. watch this. the orangutans at the national zoo in washington, loving their ipads, skroming, draw iscrollin painting. they watch fish in a virtual koi pond. they play piano on them, steel drums. the handlers say they picked up the touch screen technology quickly and we just wonder if some day they'll be skyping the other apes. and, we really do love knowing what you see, what you hear out there every day for our "instant index." so, be sure to tweet it to me, @dianesawyer. we'll be reading.
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and finally tonight, a kid finally gets to be on the same playing field as her idol. but at the end of the match, the idol has fallen. a young american athlete is celebrating a victory tonight, with wonder and also a few tears. abc's ron claiborne on the new cinderella. >> reporter: call it the "shock heard round the tennis world." 19-year-old sloane stephens taking out one of the greatest players ever to lace on a pair of tennis shoes. talk about david versus goliath. sloane had never before reached a grand slam semifinal. serena williams holds 15 grand slam titles. and she was sloane's childhood idol. she had her poster on her bedroom wall. >> this morning when i got up, i was like, "look, dude, you can do this. just go out and play and do your best." >> reporter: sloane first picked up a racket at the age of 9. she's the daughter of two gifted athletes. her father, a former pro football player who died in a
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car accident four years ago. her mother, sybil, a swimming star at boston university. >> this is probably the first time sloane's gone into a season saying, "i can't wait to get out there and play." >> reporter: sloane's big breakthrough came last year in the french open and wimbledon, and on the pages of "vogue" magazine, which named her one of its up and coming "style stars." and yesterday, it was her style on the tennis court that drove serena williams to frustration. now having conquered her one time idol, sloane now has somewhat of a new perspective. >> this is so crazy, but -- oh, my goodness. i think i'll put a poster of myself now. >> reporter: ron claiborne, abc news, new york. >> and so a star is born. by the way, after the big victory, none other than shaquille o'neal congratulated her on twitter, saying, "when you defeat a legend, you become a legend. keep it going." thank you so much for watching. we're always working for you at
5:57 pm "nightline" later at its new time, 12:35 a.m. eastern. and i'll see you again tomorrow. good night. tonight wall street's reaction to the news from apple. one of silicon valleys profitible companies falls victim. >> oakland's decision to hire a crime fighter. you'll hear from the man himself, bill brat on. -- bratton. >> and a new venue tonight for all that jazz. we're live for the grand opening of the lincoln center of the west. >> and 49ers begin their super bowl workouts with an eye on the history they'll make when
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they win it. >> a major fire fight is underway in oakland now. this is a live picture just now arriving on the scene in a building on harrison street off interstate 880. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> let's get to abc 7 news who is live. nick, what can you tell us? >> we note that as many as 24 firefighters are here now. it's a tw-alarm fire. we have seven engines arriving on the scene this, building still has flames poring -- pouring from the roof and thick, black smoke. we've learned three people have been taken into custody believed to have been squatting in the building. now, police took these three people into custody because they told them they'd been
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using the oven in the home. the oven start aid grease fire, they believe that spread quickly. they do believe they'll be able to keep the fire under control. they took people off of the roof. you can see firefighters are still working in the 600 block of the street. again, three people in custody right now who are believed to be squatters. the homeowners speaking to police no, injuries that we know of. nick smith abc 7 news. >> thank you very much. >> the polish may have worn off at apple. the company turned in a report that for the first time in years didn't show a double digit increase. the wall street increase showed that what goes up must comes down. stocks once trading at $700 a share shared by more than $50. now, well below $500. this

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